Armed vehicular hijacking suspect (Arlington Heights police sketch).
Arlington Heights police responded about 12:05 PM Friday to an vehicular hijacking at 2134 South Goebbert Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police responded to a report that a male offender approached a female victim as she was outside of her vehicle, and pointed a dark or black handgun at her. The offender demanded she give him her vehicle keys. The victim complied handed over her keys. The offender took the keys, and fled the area in the victim’s vehicle. The offender and vehicle were last seen heading northbound.
The Arlington Heights Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance regarding the identity of the offender depicted in the police sketch. Police are also seeking the help of the community in locating the victim’s vehicle.
The offender is described as a male/black, age 20, 5’7” – 5’ 10”, medium build, wearing all black clothing with a hoodie. The offender was also possibly wearing a red coat.
The victim’s vehicle is described as a silver 2008 Pontiac G6 with Illinois license plate Z 203 711.
Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411(tip411) or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-STOP. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
IMPORTANT ALERT …
Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.
The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes its occurrence. Citizens are also more likely to be able to prepare for their own safety if they are aware of incidents within minutes its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.
The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.
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